My Favorite Decks from Pro Tour Hour of Devastation

Despite the domninace of the so-called Ramunap Red, there’s several interesting decks out there.
Starting with this one, that didn’t even make day two, but is just too cool to not mention.

Valentin Mackl decided to play red with a… twist. I don’t know how anyone thought this could possibly work, but that doesn’t matter. Imminent Doom. They key here is that Mackl figured out he could “cheat” this a bit by using X spells, namely [card]Burn from Within[/card]. It can occupy any spot on the curve, but on the other hand, it won’t be much good until later. Essentially this is a [card]Lava Spike[/card] deck, where you just have to play a lot of cards that don’t go to the face. I would probably play [card]Incendiary Flow[/card] over [card]Abrade[/card], but than again, it wasn’t me who tested the deck, so I might be wrong.

[deck title=Valentin Mackl´s Imminent Doom]
[creatures]
1 Hazoret the Fervent
4 Bedlam Reveler
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Imminent Doom
3 Burn from Within
2 Lightning Axe
3 Magma Spray
4 Shock
4 Abrade
4 Cathartic Reunion
4 Fiery Temper
2 Tormenting Voice
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Ramunap Ruins
2 Sunscorched Desert
16 Mountain
[/lands]
[/deck]

More red? Noo… Okay, this is actually black-red. Shintaro Kurata brought this to the top eigth with an 8-1-1 record. The black splash isn’t huge, but the [card]Collective Brutality[/card] is probably pretty good in the semi-mirror against all the Ramunap Reds and [card]Ribbons[/card] seems like a good way to end games. [card]Ammit Eternal[/card] is a pretty huge body and can easily be reset with the help of [card]Earthshaker Khenra[/card] or [card]Eldrazi Obligator[/card].

[deck title=Shintaro Kurata´s Black-Red Aggro]
[creatures]
2 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Bomat Courier
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Earthshaker Khenra
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Ammit Eternal
3 Hazoret the Fervent
2 Eldrazi Obligator
[/creatures]
[spells]
3 Cut // Ribbons
2 Incendiary Flow
3 Collective Brutality
4 Shock
[/spells]
[lands]
7 Mountain
2 Swamp
4 Ramunap Ruins
4 Smoldering Marsh
4 Foreboding Ruins
2 Ifnir Deadlands
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Hazoret the Fervent
1 Eldrazi Obligator
3 Abrade
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Akoum Firebird
2 Blazing Volley
2 Scavenger Grounds
2 Glorybringer
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Here’s a totally different deck with the same name. This seems like it’s heavily tuned to beat the monored decks with it’s lifegain and Liliana’s to take down all those X/1s. The sideboard has [card]The Scorpion God[/card] to go really big.

[deck title=Joe Soh´s Black-Red Aggro]
[creatures]
4 Bomat Courier
3 Dread Wanderer
3 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Earthshaker Khenra
4 Ammit Eternal
1 Pia Nalaar
[/creatures]
[spells]
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Cut // Ribbons
4 Fatal Push
1 Abrade
2 Grasp of Darkness
2 Unlicensed Disintegration
2 Aethersphere Harvester
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Foreboding Ruins
4 Smoldering Marsh
4 Mountain
10 Swamp
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Abrade
2 Transgress the Mind
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Sweltering Suns
2 Magma Spray
1 Never // Return
2 Doomfall
2 The Scorpion God
1 Canyon Slough
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Then, here’s a red deck. Martin Juza decided to go a bit bigger. We’ve seen this before, but it has a bit of technology in [card]Scrapheap Scrounger[/card] and [card]Pia Nalaar[/card].

[deck title=”Martin Juza´s Monored Eldrazi]
[creatures]
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Hanweir Garrison
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Glorybringer
3 Reality Smasher
[/creatures]
[spells]
3 Magma Spray
2 Harnessed Lightning
4 Abrade
4 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
[/spells]
[lands]
10 Mountain
1 Foreboding Ruins
4 Aether Hub
4 Ramunap Ruins
3 Ifnir Deadlands
4 Hanweir Battlements
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Magma Spray
2 Harnessed Lightning
1 Reality Smasher
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
1 Chandra’s Defeat
2 Sweltering Suns
3 Akoum Firebird
3 Crook of Condemnation
1 Aethersphere Harvester
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

Finally, here’s some red. This time red-black midrange. Four Liliana’s must have been great in the meta. Kalitas and [card]Walking Ballista[/card]s are no slouches either. This is the most likely deck I’ll play next FNM out of these.

[deck title=Anand Khare´s Red-Black Midrange]
[creatures]
3 Walking Ballista
3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
2 Glorybringer
[/creatures]
[spells]
4 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
4 Doomfall
1 Ruinous Path
4 Magma Spray
4 Abrade
3 Grasp of Darkness
[/spells]
[lands]
9 Swamp
4 Mountain
4 Canyon Slough
4 Foreboding Ruins
4 Smoldering Marsh
1 Blighted Fen
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Glorybringer
1 Ruinous Path
4 Transgress the Mind
3 Yahenni’s Expertise
2 Chandra’s Defeat
1 Release the Gremlins
1 Crook of Condemnation
1 Dispossess
1 To the Slaughter
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

There’s also a bit lower to the ground version of this, which plays a set of [card]Gifted Aetherborn[/card]s and [card]Glint-Sleeve Siphoner[/card]s.

Okay, okay. It’s not all red. Here’s one mono-black deck, although there’s no black creatures in the 20. I guess when [card]Shock[/card] seems to be much more popular than [card]Magma Spray[/card], [card]Matter Reshaper[/card] and [card]Scrapheap Scrounger[/card] are pretty good.

[deck title=Yuki Matsuda´s Monoblack Eldrazi]
[creatures]
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
4 Walking Ballista
[/creatures]
[spells]
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness
4 Heart of Kiran
[/spells]
[lands]
4 Ifnir Deadlands
4 Ruins of Oran-Rief
2 Scavenger Grounds
4 Sunscorched Desert
12 Swamp
[/lands]
[sideboard]
1 Fatal Push
4 Transgress the Mind
2 Dispossess
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Yahenni’s Expertise
1 Never // Return
2 Crook of Condemnation
1 Distended Mindbender
[/sideboard]
[/deck]

My favorite colors are doing well. Shit. Does that mean I have to play something else?

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